SOU Alumni Spotlight

SOU alumnus Daniel Breaux

Alumnus Daniel Breaux: Love at first sight

SOU graduate Daniel Breaux (‘14) says the school’s character-driven athletics philosophy stays with him every day, and he applies those values in his career as a police officer in Berkeley, California, as well as in his personal life. Breaux came to SOU for football and its well-regarded criminal justice program. “I wanted a school and […]

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SOU and Zappos alumnus Fred Mossler: Big shoes to fill

The first sentence in a Wikipedia entry for Fred Mossler includes the terms “business executive,” “fashion guru” and “philanthropist.” He has also been called a customer experience expert, digital visionary and serial entrepreneur. But it is Mossler’s humble roots in rural California that keep this wildly successful “original shoe guy” of Zappos.com grounded. Mossler was by […]

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At SOU, athletic success is driven by character

The old adage that sports build character isn’t necessarily true, according to SOU Athletic Director Matt Sayre. “There are studies that show the longer someone is involved in organized sports, the lower they score on ethical tests, unless you purposely teach character values,” Sayre said. Since becoming athletic director in 2010, Sayre and his coaches […]

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SOU’s 2018 grads still have professional development offer on the table

The 1,100 SOU graduates who received degrees last June still have more than a year and a half to take the university up on its offer of a free professional development course to help establish or advance their careers. A handful of last year’s degree recipients have enrolled in or registered for the non-credit courses […]

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SOU alumnus serious about his comics venture, IDW Publishing

Perhaps it was his job in the SOU bookstore that led Ted Adams (’90) to the role of publisher and CEO of IDW Publishing and IDW Media Holdings. “It was the best experience,” Adams said. “I got to interact with students and read books on break. Having access to all those books was fun for […]

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SOU alumna to offer Friday Science Seminar on zebrafish study

SOU alumna and doctoral candidate Sarah Stednitz will offer a lecture from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Friday that examines the social interactions of zebrafish and their implications on autism research and other deficits in humans’ social behavior. The Friday Science Seminar event will be in the Science Building Auditorium (Room 151). The lecture is […]

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Taylor Mullaney: A dentist’s art and science

The mouth is a window into the health of the body. According to the American Dental Association, it can foreshadow diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and immune disorders. When a dentist peers into the mouth, he or she can see signs of nutritional deficiencies or general infection, often the first symptoms of serious medical conditions. […]

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Compelling case: Linder’s historic legal journey begins at SOU

SOU alumna Virginia Linder (’75), who retired as an Oregon Supreme Court justice in 2016, says that being an undergraduate at what was then Southern Oregon State College in the 1970s was an ideal time for her. “It was the civil rights period, the beginning of the women’s rights movement,” she says. “I and most […]

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McNair program changed the life of SOU faculty member and alumna

Mention the name Brook Colley (’07) around the SOU campus and students reply with delight, quickly sharing stories of her warmth, approachability and whip-smart lectures. After graduating SOU with degrees in sociology and political science, Colley attended the University of California-Davis, where she received her doctorate in Native American Studies. She returned to SOU in […]

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SOU Alum: Michael Finley’s national parks balancing act

Michael Finley was praised on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives when he retired in 2001 after more than 32 years with the National Park Service. California Congressman Jerry Lewis lauded Finley for his dynamic leadership of three of the nation’s largest national parks – Yosemite, Yellowstone and Everglades. Lewis identified Finley’s work […]